Purim Costumes, 1931
A 1931 photograph of children in Purim costumes, probably in Haifa.
The children are dressed in a variety of costumes: bees, a butterfly, a bear, and a sailor among others.
This photograph could be used by teachers of Jewish Studies around the time of Purim to trigger a conversation about costumes while planning the school’s Purim events. In Jewish History lessons, this picture could illustrate life in 1930s Palestine.
When do you think this photograph was taken? How did you reach this assumption?
What different costumes can you see in the picture?
What is the origin of the Purim tradition of dressing up?
Do you dress up on Purim?
What is the most interesting or original costume that you have worn? Why did you choose this costume?